DR. ARABINDA MISHRA
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Dr. Arabinda Mishra is a trained economist presently Livelihoods Theme Leader at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) located in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before joining ICIMOD in June 2015, he was Dean of the Faculty of Policy and Planning, TERI University (2005-2015) and had the concurrent responsibility of Director, Earth Science and Climate Change Division in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) during 2008–2013 at New Delhi, India. Prior to joining TERI University, he was a Fellow at the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR) in Karnataka, India - an institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
Working at ICIMOD, an intergovernmental thinktank with 7 South Asian countries and China on its Governing Board, Dr Mishra provides leadership to multi-country projects on mountain livelihoods and resilience-building solutions. In one major EU-supported initiative called ‘Himalica’, he was Component Lead responsible for 9 action research projects on livelihoods enhancement and resilience building in 4 countries (Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh). Similarly in another initiative called ‘HI-AWARE’ (supported by IDRC, Canada)he led the research-into-use work component for the entire cross-country consortium working on building adaptive capacity and resilience in 4 river basins in the South Asia region (Indus, Upper Ganga, Teesta, Gandaki). He was Co-coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on adaptation in the HinduKush Himalayan region in a regional level scientific assessment initiated by ICIMOD, and is also co-Editor of the final report “The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People” recently published by Springer.
Dr Mishra hasover 25 years of experience in research, teaching/training, and academic administration in the field of sustainable development, livelihoods, adaptation, and resilience building.Prior to joining ICIMOD, Dr Mishra was leading TERI’s engagement with the Government of India as well as a number of State governments in the preparation of action plans on climate change. As the project leader of the Ecosystem Services and Poverty
Alleviation Study in South Asia (ESPASSA), he was involved in an international collaboration of scientists from various disciplines that investigated the links between ecosystems and poverty in South Asia to identify ways in which the poor are dependent on the services provided by ecosystems in the region. He has acted as the lead researcher in an IDPAD (Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development)-funded study on common property water resources in rural India that brought out key insights regarding the functioning of water markets and community management institutions. One of his core job responsibility since 2005 (as Professor and Dean at TU, Director at TERI, and Senior Social Scientist/Theme Leader at ICIMOD) has been to provide knowledge based supervision to postgraduate and doctoral students, researchers, and project team members. His interest in the area of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) led to the design of an international Masters programme in Sustainable Development Practice that is continuing at TERI University, New Delhi.
Arabinda is a Fellow of SANDEE (South Asia Network of Development and Environmental Economists) and was in the Steering Committee of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) during 2012-13. He was also an Executive Committee Member of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) in 2010. He was Member, Working Group on Management of Natural Resources and Rainfed Farming, and Chairperson of Sub-Group V on Climate Change Mainstreaming, 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), set up by the Planning Commission, Govt of India, 2011.
Academic Areas of Expertise
Sustainable Development; Mountain Livelihoods; Climate Adaptation; Resilience Building; Climate Change; Environmental Assessments; Policy Planning; Natural Resource Management.
- Mishra A. et al. (2019) Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: Stronger Action Urgently Needed. In: Wester P., Mishra A., Mukherji A., Shrestha A. (eds) The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment. Springer, Cham
- Wester P, A Mishra, A Mukherji, A Shrestha (2019). The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People. Springer, Cham. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92288-1
- Rasul G, B Pasakhala, A Mishra& S Pant (2019), Adaptation to mountain cryosphere change: issues and challenges, Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1617099
- A Mishra (2018) Changing social capital in the mountains and the implications for adaptation interventions: an exploratory analysis with case studies from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). In: Climate Change and Governance, edited by Barua A, V Narain and S Vij, CRC Press.
- Wymann von Dach, S., Bachmann, F., Alcántara-Ayala, I., Fuchs, S., Keiler, M., Mishra, A.& Sötz, E., eds. 2017. Safer lives and livelihoods in mountains: Making the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction work for sustainable mountain development. Bern, Switzerland, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP). 78 pp.
- Mishra, A., Agrawal, N.K., and Gupta, N. (eds.), (2017). Building Mountain Resilience: Solutions from the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Kathmandu: ICIMOD.
- A Mishra, R Ghate, A Maharjan, J Gurung, G Pathak and A Upraity (2017), Building ex ante resilience of disaster-exposed mountain communities: Drawing insights from the Nepal earthquake recovery, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 22, 167-178, Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.03.008
- Banerjee, S. and A. Mishra (2017) Migration and environmental change in the SDGs. In: Migration in the 2030 Agenda (pp101-120). IOM: Geneva.
- A Mishra, N K Agrawal, G Thorup, S Bisht, I C P Lelkanger and N Gupta (2017), “Strengthening women’s roles as risk and resource managers at the frontline of climate change”, Adaptation Solution Brief 1, ICIMOD, Kathmandu.
- Jorgensen K, A Mishra and G K Sarangi (2015), Multi-level climate governance in India: the role of the states in climate action planning and renewable energies, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2015.1093507
- Chaudhari V R and A Mishra (2015), Multilevel policy responses to mainstream climate adaptation through watershed development in rainfed farming systems of India, Climate and Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2015.1064808
- Sud R, A Mishra, N Varma, S Bhadwal (2015), Adaptation policy and practice in densely populated glacier-fed river basins of South Asia: a systematic review, Regional Environmental Change, 15(5): 825-836, Springer (DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0711-z)
- A Mishra and S Kedia (2014), Green Economy for South Asia: challenges and opportunities, prepared for SAWTEE, Nepal.
- Mishra A. (2009), The sustainable management of resources for poverty alleviation, A Planet for Life 2009: Sustainable Development in Action, Presses de Sciences Po: Paris.
- Mishra A. and M. Wood, Eds. (April, 2008), Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation study in South Asia: a situation analysis for India and the HinduKush Himalayan region: regional analysis, Project Report, NERC/DFID/SERC, UK